Facing criminal charges is a terrifying thought, but having a strong defense can help you fight the allegations and reduce the likelihood of receiving penalties. One thing that can help you significantly is if you have an alibi for the crime you're accused of. Even better is having multiple alibis. For instance, having a friend who you were with at the time of an alleged crime means you have another person who can corroborate your story.
If you did not commit a crime and have an alibi, you can defend yourself with a denial in court. Denying that you had anything to do with the crime is easier when you have evidence that you've been mistaken for someone else. If you were checked into a hotel with security cameras, were on stage performing or were otherwise busy and with others at the time of an alleged act, those witnesses and any footage collected helps keep you out of trouble.
Not all alibis are foolproof, so it's a good idea to have more than one. If you can get an alibi that is a neutral party, like a bartender or police officer, that's even better for your case.
With an alibi, it's possible to prove that you have nothing to do with the case. Be prepared for the prosecution to question your alibi to test your story and to make sure he or she is being truthful. It's important for your alibi to be prepared to speak if he or she is called to testify on your behalf. If so, your attorney can help you prepare.
Source: FindLaw, "Criminal Defense Strategies," accessed Jan. 04, 2018